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November 16, 2012 8:14 PM

Over the past couple of years, various low-end big box stores have sold Christmas cookies that come packaged in litho tin containers decorated like homes and businesses.  They are practically the idel size for an O gauge tinplate holiday layout.  Has anyone spotted those containers this year?

 

I checked the local Big Lots store a day or so ago when I was in looking for some Christmas decorating items, but didn't see these tins.  Also didn't see them at Target.  Haven't had a chance to check the local Wal-Mart, which is where I believe I found them last year.

 

 

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November 16, 2012 8:29 PM

Allan they have them here at Wal-Mart and Krogers in Buckhannon. 

 
 
 
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November 16, 2012 8:33 PM

Found them at Big Lots last year. Have not started the search yet this year.

 

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November 16, 2012 8:59 PM

Yep, I got the set at Big Lots, I think, two years ago. Will be on the hunt again this year.  If I'm able to check out some places this weekend will report back.

 

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November 16, 2012 9:36 PM

They were at Wall Mart in 2010 and Big Lots in 2011. Have been to Big Lots a few times the past few days  and no sign of them there yet.

 

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November 16, 2012 11:45 PM

http://www.alibaba.com/showroo...hape-cookie-tin.html

 

Here are quite a few. Low price. High mininum.

 

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November 17, 2012 1:03 AM

I occasionally find them cheap at secondhand stores.

 

 
 
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November 17, 2012 5:08 PM

Well, just checked my local Wally World and they were not there. However, they didn't have them when everyone else was getting them there. it's becoming the holiday quest to find them! Hopefully they will pop up somewhere. I do have the set from Big Lots, they will be on the holiday layout this year.

 
 
 
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November 17, 2012 5:21 PM

I have found 4 nice ceramic buildings at my local Wally World.  Price of $15.00.

Sears has a nice selection as well priced at $25.00 and well detailed.  I am getting the itch to do a little stopping and a little swapping out my Cannon Valley.

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November 17, 2012 5:29 PM

The quest is part of the fun.  

 

I didn't have a chance to get over to Wally World today, but may check there tomorrow, if I have some time left over after I get through hanging lights on a couple of my outdoor trees, and assuming I can do so without breaking my neck.

 

 

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November 17, 2012 8:44 PM

I hit Big Lots and Home Goods while out running the weekend errands today and no dice. They (Big Lots) did have assorted holiday cookie tins but they were not the houses/buildings variety.

 

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November 18, 2012 11:35 AM

I think they would look good with Marx tin buildings.

 
 
 
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November 20, 2012 9:35 AM

Hello to all;  It seems that the cookie/candy tins are somewhat easy to find stateside but up here in Ontario,Canada its impossible.  Has anyone seen them up here in your travels? Your help would be appreciated.  I was able to purchase some from Steve last year and they really look terrific.  Thanks,  waynew (aka walter wayne)

 
 
 
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November 20, 2012 9:55 AM

As an extension to this thread, I have an article from a Hornby collectors magazine from the 1980s on how to create rolling stock from biscuit tins. I found some in Dollar General and Jo-Ann's - it used to be Jo-Ann Fabrics - now more of a hobby chain - that would be perfect 4 wheel wagons.

 

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November 22, 2012 9:03 AM

I was at Walgreens last night and they had a house with Hershey kisses and another with Reeses peanut butter cups. They were $6 each I think, but they are filled with something we'd actually eat instead of those awful cookies (like the ones from Big Lots).

 

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November 25, 2012 8:50 PM

I'm still interested in learning if anyone has spotted the embossed lithographed tin cookie containers that were available the past couple of years at a couple of big-box stores.  

 

I know there are other types of cookie tins and ceramic buildings available, but I would like to stick with this same series if they are still being made.  They really are quite attractive and certainly very affordable.  I just throw the cookies away since they aren't all that good, but the tins themselves would be well worth the money even if they didn't have anything in them.

 

 

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November 25, 2012 10:00 PM

If anyone wants some buildings from last year I have posted some for sale with a picture.

 

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November 26, 2012 9:23 AM

I've been keeping an eye out for tins myself, if for no other reason than to busy myself while my wife is elsewhere in the store doing her best to jump start the economy. I haven't seen much so far this season, but if I did, I'd most likely just admire them rather than purchase them. I've assembled enough tin buildings for a nice Marx layout under the tree and I'm genuinely concerned about having my home featured in that hoarder reality show in the future. Time to start enjoying what I have! 

 
 
 
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November 28, 2012 12:24 PM

Howdy

 

CVS and so far Kroger here in Michigan have 2 tin plate houses in stock in the candy section. Aone is filled with Reeses Peanut butter cups and the other with Hersey's Kisses. Fit nicely with the previuos years offereings except the are not embossed and areb thinner. You cabn see pictures of them on the Marx Train Group site. Got my two and really like them. CVS is 8.99 ea. Kroger is on sale this week for 6.99 reg- 7.99.

 

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November 28, 2012 11:17 PM

My wife has given me rights to put her Dept. 56 on my garage layout.  It is nice to be able to change the layout with out a lot of expense.

By the way my wife's name is Rose.  And she is one.

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November 28, 2012 11:35 PM

Walmart here in Harleysville has some too.  I'm sure they'll get to your neck of the woods in the near future!

 

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November 29, 2012 1:00 AM

Greg
Are these the Reeses &n Hersheys type already found at CVS etc?
 
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Walmart here in Harleysville has some too.  I'm sure they'll get to your neck of the woods in the near future!

 

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November 29, 2012 5:39 AM

No Kroger stores in this area, but I'll check one of the local CVS pharmacies this weekend if I get a chance.

 

 

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November 29, 2012 7:17 AM

No CVS or Kroger in my neck of the woods. Kroger does own Fred Meyer stores so I will try there.
 
 
 
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November 29, 2012 12:26 PM

Target has them...
 

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November 29, 2012 7:16 PM

Originally Posted by GarySeven:
Target has them...

Scott, I took photos of those same buildings this afternoon....$6.99 a piece. I pulled them out of the sleeve. The Target people thought I was a spy from Wally World.

 

 

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November 29, 2012 11:09 PM

Krogers and Target both by me have the two Hershey houses; they are about 2/3 the size of the cookie tins. Nice additions but the quest is still on for a new set of four cookie tins.

 

 
 
 
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December 2, 2012 6:33 PM

I saw these at a candy store in Geneva, Il today. They want $17.95 each filled with Christmas hard candy. These look like the same ones I bought at Big Lots last year for $5 and crummy cookies..

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My wife set this up on our kitchen desk this year they are nice.

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December 2, 2012 6:43 PM

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Here are mine from last year plus the Reeses/Hersheys from this year. I would still like to find a few more.

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December 2, 2012 7:59 PM

Hershey's also sells a Hershey's Candy Store Tin via their store.  It is 5" L x 2" W x 8¼" H so is narrower than the tins in years past and sounds as though it is the same dimensions the Reese's and Kisses tins mentioned here.  Here is a link to the Hershey's Candy Store.

http://www.hersheysstore.com/product/7537

 

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December 2, 2012 8:02 PM

i tried the cvs and walgreens in our area.  no tin.  i did see and buy at walgreens, a cardboard house full of christmas cards.  it had the same flavor and style as the tins i got last year and it was <5.  unfortunately, they only had 1 design.

 
 
 
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December 24, 2012 11:38 AM

Homegoods had two different red London double decker buses an over scale English post box and a royal gaurd box and some underscale half timber houses. All had tea or toffee.
 

Maybe this post won't get me shouted down by experts.

 
 
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December 24, 2012 1:42 PM

In the back of this picture of my Christmas tinplate layout you can see my tin houses. Got these a couple of years ago (I think at Big Lots).

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December 27, 2012 11:31 AM

Allen,

   Thanks for posting this, I have been looking around the Pittsburgh area and have found none, I will definitely check out Target now.  Wanted to start adding them to my Tin and use them as part of the Christmas layout.

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December 29, 2012 6:57 PM

I got the "kisses" and "reeses" tins this year.  I put them on the layout today.  It's a rather long video, but you can skip to my "North Pole" and see last years tins with this years tins.  Tins are definately going to remain a permanent part of my Christmas Wish List. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSVGY3FQpPA

 
 
 
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December 30, 2012 11:25 AM

chinatrain,

 

Great video of your Christmas layout. The "Rudolph" characters are a nice touch. 

 

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December 30, 2012 12:24 PM

Thanks John!  I love those old Marx cars.  I have the Peanuts characters too.  Unfortunately, my new beep can hardly pull the few cars that I have behind it now.  I'm not sure what to do with Charlie Brown!   

 
 
 
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December 30, 2012 12:45 PM

I have had no luck finding new tins this holiday season.  I did see several of last year's tins, at a gift shop near here, selling for $10.95 each--empty.  I paid $5 for a set of all four tins last year at Big Lots, and they had cookies in them (which I discarded).

 

One advantage, of course, is you get a different view on the front and back of each building.  So, if you bought two complete sets, as I did last year, you actually can make a lineup of eight different-looking buildings.

 

 

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December 30, 2012 4:09 PM

my wife found the reese and kisses tins at target.  i found a gift-card cardboard house at walgreens.

 
 
 
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